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McCann Technical School holds its postsecondary program graduation on Tuesday at the school.
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McCann Postsecondary Program Graduates 16

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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School Committee Vice Chairman David Westall addresses the graduation. See more photos here.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The 16 postsecondary graduates at McCann Technical School were honored for their hard work and dedication to their given fields. 
"Congratulations to the class of 2023. We wish you the very best in all your endeavors," David Westall, vice chairman of the School Committee remarked Tuesday evening at the ceremony held in the school's gymnasium.
He went on to say the 16 graduates understood the importance of having the proper skills needed to enter their various fields and noted that each graduate has shown dedication to learning these skills.
"Each of these 16 graduates knows so well that these programs are rigorous and teach specific skills," he said. "And over the course of nine months, through concentration and hard work, you have mastered these skills."
Students graduated from the surgical technical, dental assisting, medical assisting, and cosmetology programs.
The ceremony began with a welcome from the vocational school district's Superintendent James Brosnan. He congratulated the graduates on their hard work and dedication and thanked their families for supporting them.
"You have certainly earned this, and it has been a long arduous year," he said. "Your support is family and friends and relatives. They have made a significant impact on these graduates. Your support has helped them succeed." 
He also thanked McCann faculty who helped guide the students toward success. 
Students who received scholarships and awards were also recognized. Recipients are listed below:
SkillsUSA District Competition Awards
Bronze Medal Winner
Adriana Bolte, Dental Assisting
Silver Medal Winner
Cheyanne Alcombright, Cosmetology
Gabrielle Montgomery, Dental Assisting
Gold Medal Winner
Jayna Civello, Cosmetology
Monique King, Dental Assisting
Avery Witherell, Medical Assisting
Silver Medal Winners
Jayna Civello, Cosmetology
Monique King, Dental Assisting
Gold Medal Winners
Cheyanne Alcombright, Cosmetology
Gabrielle Montgomery, Dental Assisting
Avery Witherell, Job Interview, Medical Assisting
Scholarships and Awards
Linda Lee Walker Scholarship
Marisa Cotton, Dental Assisting
Elizabeth Ann Baer Scholarship Foundation
Gabrielle Montgomery, Dental Assisting
Jamie Sacchetti Drennan Memorial Scholarship
Julie Bartlett – Surgical Technology
List of Graduates
Surgical Technology Graduate
Julie Bartlett, Associates Degree in Surgical Technology, Pittsfield
Dental Assisting Graduate 
Elisa Agri, North Adams
Adriana Eleanor Bolte, North Adams
Marisa May Cotton, Pittsfield
Monique King, Pittsfield
Gabrielle Montgomery, North Adams
Medical Assisting Graduate
Avery Francis Witherell,  North Adams
Cosmetology Graduates
Cheyanne Alcombright, North Adams
Jayna Lynn Civello, Adams
Avery Rae DuPree, Buckland
Maria Lee Girard, North Adams
Mackenzie Michelle Kupiec, Savoy
Zoe Jacqueline Oakes, Monroe
Alexi Jailyn Sondrini, Pittsfield
Jaid Reeves Strack, Pittsfield
Keilyn Kae Wicker, Pittsfield

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Blackinton Mill Owners: City's Delays Put $17M Hotel Project in Peril

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff

Mayor Jennifer Macksey speaks at Tuesday's City Council meeting as Tourists owner Ben Svenson looks on. 
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The $17 million expansion plans for the Blackinton Mill are tripping over a 10-foot high pile hides that has been decaying for 60 years. 
The partnership that operates Tourists resort says the whole project — including a proposed bike path — is in danger of failing before it even begins if a November grant deadline to clean up the mess isn't met. 
But the Mayor Jennifer Macksey says more testing is needed before the city takes control of the one-acre site and is positing a February closing date.
On Tuesday, the partners were pleading with the City Council to use any tools it had to make the mayor abide by an agreement to close on the parcel before the deadline.
"I really don't want to say it will go away but we will not be able to sustain any longer unless we can resolve this issue," said principal Benjamin Svenson. "And so I appeal to you tonight to please — whatever tools you have — communicate to the mayor the urgency of resolving this matter."
The matter before the council was an authorization for the mayor to purchase the property, which would be for $1. The city would be able to apply for a U.S. Environmental Protection Act brownfield grant not available to the private entity. 
"We need this to secure our financing," said Svenson. "We can't get a bank loan until we resolve this matter. ... 
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